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KOUW, MATTHIJS & GAGI PETROVIC - Recalcitrance

Format: do-CD
Label & Cat.Number: Moving Furniture Records MFR090
Release Year: 2021
Note: two promising Dutch drone / minimal / experimental artists on this split double album, inspired by philosopher ISABELLE STENGERS and her concept of "Recalcitrance", and starting from the same source sounds: "Anything that resists subsumption to technical rationality is seen as a threat to public order....Recalcitrant subjects ask new questions, thereby allowing the currently dominant reductionist mindset obsessed with productivity to be unsettled by space for reflection and quiet contemplation." lim. 200
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After their track on the Moving Music compilation, 'Recalcitrance' is the second collaboration and first full-length release by Matthijs Kouw & Gagi Petrovic. This album will be released as Double CD and digital on April 16th, 2021.


"Philosopher of science Isabelle Stengers has studied the operations of states and their mobilization of technical practices to serve a presupposed general interest, which involves the production of rules and norms. Such rules and norms are blind to forms of knowledge that are denigrated as local and traditional, and feature the correlative elimination of what does not conform and cannot be standardized in other words, what is recalcitrant to objective evaluation. Anything that resists subsumption to technical rationality is seen as a threat to public order (Isabelle Stengers, In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the Coming Barbarism, pp.73-4).

The eight tracks on Recalcitrance examine abstract topics that range from metaphysical speculation and psychological investigation to reflections on the process of creation itself. Taking a shared set of source sounds as their starting point, Matthijs Kouw and Gagi Petrovic invite listeners to trace the common sources of their pieces and to become recalcitrant themselves by experiencing the compositions in ways that defy what Stengers describes as technical rationality. Recalcitrant subjects ask new questions, thereby allowing the currently dominant reductionist mindset obsessed with productivity to be unsettled by space for reflection and quiet contemplation.


The album comes in beautiful artwork by Zeno van den Broek and Rutger Zuydervelt and is mastered by Jos Smolders.



https://gagi-petrovic.bandcamp.com/album/recalcitrance?label=13328016&tab=music